By Zaldy Comanda
BAGUIO CITY – The Baguio Water District (BWD) is planning ahead to ensure stable water supply in the country’s summer capital during the summer months.
“We need to prepare for the upcoming dry season. This has been a regular practice for the District, but as always we need to make sure that the residents of Baguio, including the anticipated number of visitors will have sufficient supply of water early next year.” BWD General Manager Engr. Salvador M. Royeca said.
Royeca said the temporary water shortage during the summer months, particularly in the peak months from February to May affect the balance between water supply and demand.
The lone water utility adjusts its operations for an equitable water supply to its consumers.
“We need to consider the possibility that once our water sources reach critical levels, we have to budget our supply. As far as we are concerned BWD has to equally distribute water in its jurisdiction and if needed we have to adjust.” he added.
Despite the annual temporary water shortage, Royeca emphasized there will be sufficient water supply but reminded the public to still practice water conservation.
“Our sources are limited and we should remember that. We cannot abuse them or else it will only result to an even greater problem in the future.” said Royeca, adding that BWD’s contingency measures should be complimented by its consumers.
Royeca also cited the importance of the completion of the rehabilitation of the Sto. Tomas Rain Basin (STRB) in March this year.
STRB, is the largest water impounding facility operated by BWD serves as a water reserve and caters to more than 6,000 connections in the southern area of the city during summer.